Flores happy with Watford’s fighting spirit after Chelsea draw

Date published: Saturday 26th December 2015 6:44

Quique Sanchez Flores: Manager happy with draw at Chelsea

Quique Sanchez Flores admits Chelsea were more likely to win at Stamford Bridge but was happy with how Watford “fought” for their point.

Deadly strikeforce Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo both struck to help the Hornets to a 2-2 draw at Chelsea – who missed a golden chance to win the game when Oscar slipped and blazed a penalty over the bar.

“I think we had the possibility to win but Chelsea played really well. They pushed us a lot and were probably closer to the win than us,” Flores said.

“We defended well, we fought a lot in the 90 minutes, and for us this is a very important point. It was very tough to play against Chelsea but I’m very happy with the players.”

In Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge of the Blues after replacing Jose Mourinho, Diego Costa but the hosts ahead, despite suggestions the striker was offside.

However, when asked whether the goal should have been allowed to stand, Flores had few complaints.

“I don’t know, it is very quick, probably if you say it is offside maybe it is offside, but anyway I think the result is fair,” he told BBC Sport.

The result leaves Watford in seventh, level on points with Manchester United and only three points off fourth place.

“I think the team has enough confidence for the future, it’s amazing for the story of Watford,” Flores added.

“Playing two games in three games is a new experience for me, but most important is the players. We will have a good recovery and in two days, again.”

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